First Official Photos: Astronaut Matt Damon in 'The Martian' Movie

May 23, 2015

The Martian

Nice orange suit there, Mr. Damon. Coming to theaters later this year is Ridley Scott's next sci-fi movie, The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir's novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, that astronaut on Mars, and while we posted a "first look" a few months ago, this is really the photo everyone's been waiting to see. Well, everyone should wait to see the trailer for this - because the footage is going to be the most impressive part. Then again, if you're a space suit nerd this may be your moment to flip out. The shot (which looks like a magazine scan) shows Damon in his astronaut suit for his mission to Mars, on the ARES III. It's a cool shot, with some of the Martian landscape reflecting in his visor. Check it out.

Here's the first photo of Damon in The Martian scanned by, found via The Playlist:

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Update! Here's three more photos from Empire for The Martian, showing Matt Damon on the Mars set:

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You can see another shot of Matt Damon on the set here, revealed a few months ago. Stay tuned for more.

The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Prometheus) and written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods). Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) became one of the first people to walk on Mars. But after a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Sebastian Stan and more star in the film 20th Century Fox will release in time for Thanksgiving on November 25th.

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Reader Feedback - 46 Comments


this is one of my favorite books of all time, I can't wait

Ryan on May 23, 2015


Really, Ryan? Wow, I am having a hard time with your assessment of the book because I read it and found it so boring and uninspired I just couldn't imagine why Scott and Damon would make a film of it. Because you stated it was one of your favorite of all time I wondered if I missed something. I don't know. I sure didn't think so while slogging through the thing. There must be a lot more people with you and your opinion than with mine because this is going to be a big and expensive movie. I'll wait and see on this one. I do like Scott's work though so there has to be something to this.

Bo on May 23, 2015


Yah I know you're not alone in your opinion on the novel. Many of my friends who read it because of my nagging did not enjoy it. I can't pin point exactly why I liked it as much as I did, but these are a couple of reasons why: The science and attention to detail is incredible, and gives you a real depiction of the dangers of space travel. The character had a very enjoyable personality in my opinion. The story doesn't only stay with the protagonists point of view, and instead jumps around and shows the struggle he is in from many different characters perspectives. And finally, I am a big space nerd and anything involving space travel and other planets is very appealing to me. Either way, the book was fantastic, but I am worried as to how it will be portrayed in the theater. I trust Ridley Scott, but this story can become very dull very fast if it's not handled with care

Ryan on May 23, 2015


Hey, Ryan. Thanks for the very honest reply, especially having the willingness to share that even many of your friends didn't like the novel. I admire your ability to stay with your own personal perspective on the book and not be swayed just because others disagree with you. I respect that. A lot. However, I still disagree with you about the book. I do agree with you with regards to Scott and am willing to give this film a shot just because of his involvement in it. I'm one of the few people I know that really like his film The Counselor. Heavy, dark flim...but also with some dark humor in it too. So we'll see on this Martian film. By the way, I so disliked the book that I can't even remember how it ended or if he ever made it off Mars. Care to remind me as I'm now curious about

Bo on May 23, 2015


well that's sweet of you to say. I definitely want to check out The Counselor, I never got a chance to see it in theaters and completely forgot about it until now (now i have weekend plans, WOOHOO!) I can't in good conscience divulge the ending here because there are no spoiler tags so anyone can see it, but the summary is on the wikipedia page and it gives a good short synapsis of the ending 😀

Ryan on May 23, 2015


Try the audiobook, Bo. The reader does an amazing job at bringing the characters to life.

DAVIDPD on May 23, 2015


Well, that is certainly an interesting idea. Thanks, David. I admit I'll have to over come an initial resistance on my part. I'm a heavy reader and cannot imagine anybody else reading it better than I do myself. But contempt prior to investigation is a defect I do not wish to have, so perhaps I'll follow your suggestion. Thanks again.

Bo on May 24, 2015


I think people who love technical information and fairly flat writing love THE MARTIAN. As soon as I heard Adam Savage, of MYTHBUSTERS was a fan, I bought and read it and listened to it.

DAVIDPD on May 23, 2015



Xerxexx on May 23, 2015


Am I the only person that thinks his suit looks rediculous and unbelievable?

NarcolepticNinja on May 23, 2015


Looks fine to me.

Benjamin Hunter on May 23, 2015


Me too.

Jonathan on May 23, 2015


Maybe just the scan and all the saturation, looks like a lot going on, we'll see more soon I hope.

Alex Billington on May 23, 2015


I wouldn't use either of those words, but I'm sort of with you on this. I'd say it looks much more cluttered and busy than I would've liked. Not to make comparisons so early on, but I thought the space suits in Interstellar were almost perfectly balanced between looking realistically functional *and* aesthetically pleasing.

Krishna Shenoi on May 24, 2015


Also, it looks slightly better here than in the scan above:

Krishna Shenoi on May 24, 2015


It's not the suit that I think looks ridiculous, it's his face inside the suit. It looks incredibly fake and looks like some poor photoshop that was highly color graded in an attempt to make it look better and blend in

steve on May 24, 2015



Steven Burgas on May 24, 2015


Perfection. That is pretty much exactly how I imagined Watney to look whilst reading the novel.

DAVIDPD on May 23, 2015


Looks like the same traitor to me.

NoblesseOblige64 on May 23, 2015


Traitor to what? You bellend.

Steven Burgas on May 24, 2015


To the Endurance crew.

Brian Sleider on May 24, 2015


To Leo.

DAVIDPD on May 25, 2015



Steven Burgas on May 26, 2015


Cool suit, I like that big helmet. It looks to have a nice field of vision.

Brian Sleider on May 23, 2015


This sounds like "Gravity" on Mars!

Marc Winter on May 23, 2015


Sounds like Cast Away on Mars!

Nash on May 24, 2015


Having read the book is say this is closer to the plot. The book was actually pretty good. Hopefully they dtay faithful to the mood of it.

DVDxR on May 26, 2015


Sounds like the classic Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

Michael P. Shipley on May 23, 2015


Okay, that's fair. Thanks, I'll give the wiki thing a glance.

Bo on May 24, 2015


How stupid post! try not to be marked as a troll.

Н.И. + on May 24, 2015


This is great.

Н.И. + on May 24, 2015


Troll on

IamSlave on May 24, 2015


what political beliefs do you disagree with?

Ryan on May 24, 2015


Right wing trolls are the best kind of trolls. Keep on trollin' on!

Charles Knowlton on May 24, 2015



Ryan on May 24, 2015


Considering the book upon which it is based was written well prior to the crap that was Interstellar, your post is inane and moot. The political comment only cements you as an utter berk.

Steven Burgas on May 24, 2015


Christ HOW much longer do we have to wait for a trailer??? I`m so intrigued ugh.

Jorrell Mcdaniel on May 24, 2015


A first look reveal in a magazine is usually a sign the trailer is a few weeks away.

Alex Billington on May 24, 2015


**fist pumps for several minutes**

Jorrell Mcdaniel on May 27, 2015


So Gravity with Matt Damon.......but on Mars.......yuck.

SkyNet300 on May 25, 2015


I am just defending the source material here, but it is a much more substantial plot than GRAVITY.

DAVIDPD on May 25, 2015


Matt Damon is so Overrated!

SkyNet300 on May 25, 2015


The book was brilliant!!! would of preferred someone other then matt damon but is sure he'll do a good enough job .

Angela Woggle Woolgar on May 26, 2015


Let me guess, he's lying.

Etienne Martin on May 27, 2015


After reading the book I thought it would make a great movie, I hope they don't change the plot too much otherwise it will lose some of its appeal. Also, I am not sure about the choice of lead actor, I can't picture Matt Damon doing some of the funny parts.

Ed Jesus on Jun 4, 2015


Same here... I really hope that they don't cut out the humor. Otherwise it would be really dry.

Bridger Murray on Jun 4, 2015

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